“Modern Family” actor Reid Ewing is getting real about his addiction to plastic surgery.
“I genuinely believed if I had one procedure I would suddenly look like Brad Pitt,” the 27-year-old, best known for playing Haley Dunphy’s (Sarah Hyland) beau Dylan Marshall on the ABC comedy, shared in a blog post for the Huffington Post.
After taking off his full facial mask following the two-week recovery process, Ewing revealed that the results failed to meet his expectations.
“My face was so impossibly swollen, there was no way I could make any excuse for it,” he noted. “After all the swelling finally went down, the results were horrendous. The lower half of my cheeks were as hollow as a corpse’s.”
When Ewing’s original doctor refused to operate on him again, explaining that he needed to wait six months before going back under the knife, the small-screen star sought out another surgeon instead. The quick fix turned into a nightmare scenario as the chin implant he had received just a few days prior had begun to move underneath his skin. While the doctor did perform the surgery again, it would mark the first of many stints on the operating table for Ewing.
“For the next couple of years, I would get several more procedures with two other doctors. Each procedure would cause a new problem that I would have to fix with another procedure,” he said.
Ewing in 2012 vowed to never have plastic surgery again, but he was left with more than just a few scars.
“Body dysmorphia is a mental illness in which a person obsesses over the way he or she looks. In my case, my looks were all that mattered to me,” Ewing explained. “People with body dysmorphic disorder often become addicted to cosmetic surgery. Gambling with your looks, paired with all the pain meds doctors load you up on, make it a highly addictive experience.”
“I wish I could go back and undo all the surgeries,” he continued. “Now I can see that I was fine to begin with and didn’t need the surgeries after all.”